If you’re a smart shopper, you probably understand that doing research before making a major purchase is important. By doing your homework, you can be sure that you are paying a fair price for the item being purchased. You may be familiar with purchasing items over the Internet. Some people, maybe even yourself, might be willing to buy a car over the Internet.

Purchasing big ticket items over the Internet is becoming more popular. When buying a car this way, it can turn into a major problem if you haven’t done your homework and invested the time it takes to make sure you aren’t getting a lemon. This is why you need to make sure you get an inspection done on the vehicle before you purchase it. Of course the seller will take great pictures and post them in the ad, but you cannot rely on these pictures to be sure you are getting a quality vehicle.

There are many problems that can exist within a car that you might not be able to identify just by looking at a picture. These include issues with the transmission, the exhaust system and/or fuel injectors. The only way to know these problems are there are by getting a vehicle inspection.

You should always have your own, independent mechanic look at the car. Don’t rely on the seller to get the vehicle inspected. You’ll probably have to pay $150 out of your own pocket to get this done, but it’s worth knowing you’re buying a car that won’t give you problems down the road.

Published in by CARCHEX on November 13, 2014